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He legally changed his name to a Bond villain. Then he planned his father’s death, police officers say.
Colorado Springs Police Department Last summer, former Colorado Springs attorney Jean-Joseph Danger Le Chiffre found out that he was not included in his father’s will and that he was apparently angry at the thought would be foolproof. Le Chiffre would kill his father, Gilbert Sandoval, and his 78-year-old mother would then claim she did it in self-defense. Marcella, estranged from Gilbert, then became her husband’s beneficiary and promised to share the fortune with her son. 55-year-old Le Chiffre, who was born Patrick Joseph Sandoval and legally changed his name to Casino Bond villain Royale, apparently didn’t expect two things to go wrong some time before the murder. Philly DA candidate forced to turn to Paralegal, who was found dead in his mansion At a court hearing on Friday handled by the Colorado Springs Gazette, police first outlined their case against Le Chiffre and Sandoval, including the missteps that eventually sparked the couple. At the end of July, Le Chiffre and Marcella carried out their plan, according to police. Marcella persuaded her estranged husband to go into the basement of a house they shared and where Le Chiffre was waiting with a baseball bat. He is said to have beaten Gilbert to death. Police say they found the bloodstained, cracked Louisville Slugger next to his body. After his father died, Le Chiffre cut off his mother’s arms and hands with a knife to make it look like she had been attacked. He left the knife next to his father’s body. However, police said during Friday’s half-day hearing that investigators were immediately suspicious when they visited the crime scene and had to physically escort Marcella around the house because she was in such poor health. How, they wondered, could the 78-year-old woman have beaten a man to death with a baseball bat and withstand a knife attack if she couldn’t even get up on her own? Then, possibly as part of a plea, Marcella turned on her son and decided to become a state witness. In an August court order, she described the lengthy planning involved in the murder. “She was fed up with the way Gilbert treated her, was part of it and the other part was financial – that Mr. Le Chiffre had been cut out of the will,” Detective Marcus Lehmkuhl said at the time. Pandemic ‘Chaos’ Wife To Kill Estranged Hubby’s New Girlfriend: Defense But in another twist, Le Chiffre’s public defender at Friday’s hearing suggested that Le Chiffre’s brother, former Colorado Springs Police Officer Mark Sandoval, be put in the head of her Mother had guessed and manipulated her memory of events. His lawyers also denied the alleged motive, saying Le Chiffre could still have claimed part of his father’s inheritance, claiming there was no physical evidence linking him to the scene. At the end of Friday’s hearing, Judge Chad Miller concluded that this was likely enough evidence to convict Le Chiffre of first degree murder and he ordered Le Chiffre to be detained without obligation. Le Chiffre has not pleaded guilty to all charges. As part of her contract with the police, Marcella Sandoval was charged with murder. She pleaded guilty last year and according to court documents, she has to wait two years on parole. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.